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June 21, 1991 | From Times staff and wire reports
Authorities arrested four suspected members of a drug-smuggling ring and seized 1,200 pounds of heroin Thursday in what U.S. Customs agents described as the largest heroin seizure in U.S. history. The China white heroin was seized from a Hayward warehouse that had been under surveillance for a month, the Hayward Daily Review reported, quoting unnamed Drug Enforcement Administration sources.
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June 23, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a bust in more ways than one. When drug agents opened the three carefully wrapped packages a Modesto dishwasher had wanted to sell them for $54,000, they found six pounds of dirt. The soil had been pressed into neat bricks and encased in layers of cellophane. But the agents didn't need to do a lab test to figure out it was not the heroin Rogelio Arroyo allegedly boasted of. "There were pieces of grass," said Lt. Raul DeLeon of the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency.
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September 22, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The FBI has arrested six more suspects in connection with the seizure several months ago of 73 tons of hashish, believed to be the largest such confiscation in U.S. history. Four Americans and two Canadians, all men, are being held without bail, FBI spokeswoman Gloria Anderson said Friday. Fifteen people had already been arrested in the case. Five of the new suspects were arrested Wednesday near Clear Lake, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, and the sixth on Thursday in Seattle.
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February 19, 1999 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A doctor and two pharmacy owners were arrested in rural Northern California on Thursday on charges of running a state-funded drug dealing operation, peddling powerful prescription narcotics that investigators say killed three patients. State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer, announcing the Shasta County arrests by state and local authorities, estimated that as many as 3,000 clients were involved. At least half suffered no illness.
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September 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Oroville's "Mother of the Year" was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading no contest to a drug charge. Michelle Hendrix, 42, had been arrested last spring on charges including possession of methamphetamine for sale. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possession of methamphetamine and the felony charges originally filed against her were dropped.
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June 23, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a bust in more ways than one. When drug agents opened the three carefully wrapped packages a Modesto dishwasher had wanted to sell them for $54,000, they found six pounds of dirt. The soil had been pressed into neat bricks and encased in layers of cellophane. But the agents didn't need to do a lab test to figure out it was not the heroin Rogelio Arroyo allegedly boasted of. "There were pieces of grass," said Lt. Raul DeLeon of the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency.
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November 7, 1992 | Associated Press
Federal and state authorities said Friday they had cut off the tentacles of a major drug-trafficking organization, but that the key leaders of the ring remain at large and are believed to be in Mexico. In bringing to light an 18-month undercover operation code-named "White Fang," drug-enforcement officials announced the arrests of two women in San Jose and the seizure of three houses in the Los Angeles area in raids conducted Thursday.
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March 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five Los Angeles-area residents were jailed on drug charges after an undercover officer allegedly bought two kilograms of cocaine from them, police said. The arrests followed an investigation by officials of the Drug Enforcement Agency, South Lake Tahoe police and two other agencies. The five were being held in the El Dorado County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail each. They were identified as Hector Delcid, 25; Hilda Delcid, 45; Haroldo Gutierrez, 24; Ramirez Lopez, 31, and Javier Ascenio, 48.
NEWS
December 21, 1998
A man was arrested after Alameda County sheriff's deputies seized 870 marijuana plants they say he was growing in his home. Kenny Su Kim, 32, of Castro Valley was arrested Friday after firefighters arrived at his home on a call about a blaze there, sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said. Deputies also seized 11 pounds of dried marijuana. The plants have a reported street value of about $500,000.
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July 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Caught with the evidence in her baking pans, 68-year-old "Brownie Mary" was arrested for allegedly baking weed-laced brownies for AIDS patients, authorities said. Sonoma County sheriff's deputies had a warrant to search the home of Stephen Rider, suspected of dealing marijuana, when they found Mary Rathbun folding 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana into batter Tuesday, said Lt. Chuck Smith.
NEWS
December 21, 1998
A man was arrested after Alameda County sheriff's deputies seized 870 marijuana plants they say he was growing in his home. Kenny Su Kim, 32, of Castro Valley was arrested Friday after firefighters arrived at his home on a call about a blaze there, sheriff's Sgt. Scott Dudek said. Deputies also seized 11 pounds of dried marijuana. The plants have a reported street value of about $500,000.
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April 15, 1994 | From Associated Press
Police pulled over a school board trustee for erratic driving and in his van found illegal drugs and videotapes of sex partners, authorities said Thursday. Simon E. Flores, 42, a member of the New Haven district board for nine years, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor counts of possession of methamphetamine and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. But Alameda County prosecutors did not charge him in connection with the tapes.
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August 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prominent San Francisco defense attorney Patrick Hallinan has been arrested for investigation of alleged marijuana smuggling and money laundering, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday. Hallinan, 59, the brother of San Francisco Supervisor Terence Hallinan, was arrested Friday at his Marin County home, the newspaper said.
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April 17, 1993 | Associated Press
A Canadian businessman pleaded guilty Friday to a smuggling conspiracy charge in the seizure of a record 70 tons of hashish at sea. Michael Medjuck, 43, of Vancouver faces 20 to 25 years in prison. He also agreed to forfeit $1 million and surrender virtually all his remaining assets, said U.S. Atty. John Mendez. Sentencing is scheduled for May 28. Most of the hashish was seized from a freighter in the Pacific in July, 1991. Mendez said it was the largest hashish seizure in U.S. history.
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December 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
School officials expressed shock and anger Thursday over the arrest of an elementary school principal for allegedly selling drugs in the school parking lot. Ricardo Trevino, 46, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by two sheriff's deputies and a Campbell police officer after allegedly selling $80 worth of methamphetamine to a police informant in the parking lot of Mayfair Elementary School. Trevino was taken into custody at his office and released late Wednesday.
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November 7, 1992 | Associated Press
Federal and state authorities said Friday they had cut off the tentacles of a major drug-trafficking organization, but that the key leaders of the ring remain at large and are believed to be in Mexico. In bringing to light an 18-month undercover operation code-named "White Fang," drug-enforcement officials announced the arrests of two women in San Jose and the seizure of three houses in the Los Angeles area in raids conducted Thursday.
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August 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prominent San Francisco defense attorney Patrick Hallinan has been arrested for investigation of alleged marijuana smuggling and money laundering, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday. Hallinan, 59, the brother of San Francisco Supervisor Terence Hallinan, was arrested Friday at his Marin County home, the newspaper said.
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June 22, 1991 | DAN MORAIN and PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal officials hailed the seizure of more than half a ton of heroin as a major victory in the war against illicit drugs but said the heroin haul--the largest in U.S. history--suggests that the drug's market is expanding. In a case that began with a routine U.S. Customs Service inspection and featured gift-wrapped heroin packages, a nearly blown surveillance, and connections to the "Golden Triangle," federal agents have seized 1,080 pounds of 90% pure "China white" heroin. U.S.
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July 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Caught with the evidence in her baking pans, 68-year-old "Brownie Mary" was arrested for allegedly baking weed-laced brownies for AIDS patients, authorities said. Sonoma County sheriff's deputies had a warrant to search the home of Stephen Rider, suspected of dealing marijuana, when they found Mary Rathbun folding 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana into batter Tuesday, said Lt. Chuck Smith.
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June 5, 1992 | Associated Press
Former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver was charged Thursday with felony possession of cocaine after he was stopped leaving a suspected crack house, police said. Cleaver, 56, who runs a recycling pickup service, was information minister for the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. He is author of "Soul on Ice" and "Soul on Fire," seminal works of the black power movement.
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